Girls just want to have fun. And what better way than go to a weekend festival that is either free or less money than a Cosmo or CVS lipstick. Full of interesting people and passions, these festivals can be bizarre, silly, humorous or an adventure. They are certainly more fun that watching “Seinfeld” reruns at home. Grab a girlfriend or go solo. Plus, hellooo, unless you go out, you don’t meet anyone. With your good time on our minds, we asked author Chris Epting, who has spent a lifetime documenting this information, to share the best festivals for November and early December.
1. The Riverhawk Music Festival
Featuring an eclectic blend of live music, The Riverhawk Music Festival is the perfect destination for music lovers on a budget. No hotel is required, as most folks “rough it” in tents or RV’s, where a communal atmosphere and single events ensure you’ll have someone to dance with. In between performances there’s plenty to enjoy, from food vendors and craft booths to a canine costume parade for pet owners.
2. Maine Literary Festival
Torn between curling up with a good book and taking in the great outdoors? Then tear up to Maine, where you can combine both at the Maine Literary Festival. This year’s theme is “For This Earth: Vision in Literature,” where attendees can “focus on the roles of writing, poetry, nature and science in shaping how we live our lives and treat this earth.” Yes, crunchy to the core. In addition to a workshop for wannabe authors, there are readings, books signings, literary discussions, and panels with noted authors, poets, and scientists.
3. The Tamale Festival
Forget what you’ve heard about mixing spicy food with carnival rides. The Tamale Festival, started in 1992, was recently ranked by The Food Network as one of the Top 10 "All-American Food Festivals" in the nation. For maximum enjoyment, let the kids monkey around the petting zoo and enjoy the rides while you savor the food and shopping. If you’re adventurous, there’s even a Tamale eating contest.
4. The Wild Arts Festival
The Wild Arts Festival, sponsored by the Audubon Society, celebrates nature in the work of regionally and nationally-known artists and writers. Now in its 29th year in Portland, the Festival has become the northwest’s premier show and sale of nature-related art and books. The participating artists and craftspeople represent a wide variety of media, and the authors present are a mix of novelists, photographers, poets and writers of non-fiction.
5. Pecan Ridge Fall Bluegrass Festival
Here’s your opportunity for a true taste of the South. Bluegrass and gospel music, various crafts, and plenty of concessions. Call (225)-629-5852 for more information.